Runaway shopping trolley causes $15,000 of damage

Runaway shopping trolley causes $15,000 of damage

shopping-cart-crashRunaway shopping trolleys are the cause of about 200 car claims each year, according to research carried out by IAG New Zealand.

In the last five years, 983 Kiwis have claimed for damage to their car caused by an out-of-control shopping trolley, with repair costs peaking at $15,000 for more expensive vehicles.

Tests carried out by IAG’s Research Centre in Sydney showed that loaded shopping trolleys can pick up speeds of up to 15km/hour, according to senior manager Robert Macdonald.

“Shopping trolley collisions are influenced by the slope of a car park and the weight of a trolley, which can be up to 50 kilograms,” Macdonald says.

“On average we deal with 197 claims each year that are due to shopping trolley incidents.

“In the year up to 30 June 2015, the average cost of repairs for damage to a car caused by a trolley reached $1100, although it’s not unusual to have $10,000 to $15,000 worth of repairs on expensive cars due to paint and parts costs.”

Data collected by the insurer between 2010 and 2015 showed that October to January is the time of year when drivers are most at risk of encountering a rogue trolley, possibly because more people are out Christmas or sale shopping.

The data also showed a correlation between busier shopping times and more collisions, with showdowns between trolleys and vehicles happening most frequently on Fridays between 12 midday and 3pm.

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